1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey Cards

1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey Cards


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1977-78 was the last year of a four-year run where O-Pee-Chee made a separate set of players from the World Hockey Association. It wasn't the league's last year, though. It lasted until the next year before many of the teams ran out of money and four of the clubs were allowed to join the NHL. Sensing the coming contraction of the league, 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey was cut in half to 66 cards. The subsets were among the things to disappear.

1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey card fronts feature a player photo that is either posed or taken during game play. Two different colored stripes under the picture resemble a hockey stick and include the player's name, team and position. A team logo is placed just above that, partially superimposed over the photo. Backs are vertically oriented and include information inside a series of rectangles. The one at the top has a biography in English. The next one has vital stats and the statistical lines for the previous season and the player's career. A French translation of the biography follows. Finally, a box in the lower left corner has a card number, with a brown stripe extending along then bottom of the card that contains the player's name.

The leader cards and All-Star subsets of the previous years are gone from 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey. However, the one checklist card remained. Card number 1 was the only other deviation from the base set, commemorating the the one-thousandth goal of Gordie Howe's career.

For the second year in a row, there are no notable rookies in the set.

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1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey Cards Set Checklist

66 cards.

1 Gordie Howe
2 Jean Bernier RC
3 Anders Hedberg
4 Ken Broderick
5 Joe Noris
6 Blaine Stoughton
7 Claude St. Sauveur
8 Real Cloutier
9 Joe Daley
10 Ron Chipperfield
11 Wayne Rutledge
12 Mark Napier
13 Rich Leduc
14 Don McLeod
15 Ulf Nilsson
16 Blair MacDonald
17 Mike Rogers
18 Gary Inness
19 Larry Lund
20 Marc Tardif
21 Lars-Erik Sjoberg
22 Bryan Campbell
23 John Garrett
24 Ron Plumb
25 Mark Howe
26 Garry Lariviere RC
27 Peter Sullivan
28 Dave Dryden
29 Reg Thomas
30 Andre Lacroix
31 Paul Henderson
32 Paulin Bordeleau
33 Juha Widing
34 Mike Antonovich
35 Robbie Ftorek
36 Rosaire Paiement
37 Terry Ruskowski
38 Richard Brodeur
39 Willy Lindstrom RC
40 Al Hamilton
41 John McKenzie
42 Wayne Wood
43 Claude Larose RC
44 J.C. Tremblay
45 Gary Bromley
46 Ken Baird
47 Bobby Sheehan
48 Don Larway RC
49 Al Smith
50 Bobby Hull
51 Peter Marrin
52 Norm Ferguson
53 Dennis Sobchuk
54 Norm Dube RC
55 Tom Webster
56 Jim Park RC
57 Dan Labraaten RC
58 Checklist
59 Paul Shmyr
60 Serge Bernier
61 Frank Mahovlich
62 Michel Dion
63 Poul Popiel
64 Lyle Moffat
65 Marty Howe
66 Don Burgess
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